Category Archives: Haircare

Homemade Natural Beauty Products with Olive Oil: Five *Cheap* DIY Recipes

I was speaking to my friend at the gym and overheard a conversation about her conditioner. She’s just paid for a house and said she can’t afford to splurge on expensive conditioners.
My tips for her included:
  • Add some extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to her cheap conditioner to instantly improve its properties
  • Do some hot oil treatments at home with EVOO
  • Condition with honey & EVOO
Olive oil is rich in Vitamin E and has many properties including being very moisturising.
The great thing about olive oil is it’s affordable, I buy mine from supermarkets and Bertolli Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is usually on offer (which is when I buy a few bottles!). Aim to buy ‘Extra Virgin’.

Which brings me to this post, olive oil can be used in so many ways but I will highlight my favourites, which I’ve tried and tested:

  1. CONDITIONER
    Moisturising: Olive Oil + Honey. It doesn’t matter if you have any leftover, I usually make enough to last up to 5 applications.
    For protein, add an egg yolk (it’s best to add this to one portion because eggs expire).
    Use: Apply to entire length of your hair, cover with a shower cap. Leave in for anything over an hour.
  2. HOT OIL TREATMENT/PRE SHAMPOO
    Warm 1/2 a cup of olive oil (don’t let it get too hot).
    Use: Apply to hair from root to tip. Cover with a shower cap and sit under a dome dryer.
    Other options – do some housework or hold shower cap in place with a scarf and leave in hair overnight. Wash your hair and enjoy the soft, shiny results.
  3. FACE MASK
    2 tbsps olive oil + 2 tbsps Fullers Earth Powder
    Add honey for extra moisture
    Olive Oil + Honey is a great option too
    Use: Wipe face clean and apply mask. Leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then wipe oil residue with warm water and a face cloth. Finish with a cold water rinse.
  4. FACE, LIP & BODY SCRUB
    To gently exfoliate your skin and reveal fresh, soft skin, 1 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 to a cup of olive oil (depending on what consistency you want).
    I love using soft brown sugar as it’s gentle enough for the face and great for the body.
    Optional: A few drops of an essential oil (eg lavender, peppermint, tea tree.)

    Use: Apply on clean face & lips and gently massage in small circular motions, it shouldn’t hurt. Rinse and wipe off excess oil with warm water and a face cloth. Moisturise.

  5. BODY SCRUB
    For your homemade version of those expensive salt scrubs, mix 2 cups of sea salt with 1 cup of olive oil
    Optional: 1 tablespoon of grated lemon zest OR a few drops of lavender essential oil.

    Use: Apply and massage all over body, focusing on the rougher areas of your skin. Rinse off with warm water and moisturise.

Other uses:
  • Olive Oil can also be added to a bottle of conditioner (1 part olive oil to 4-4 parts conditioner) to give extra nourishing properties. 
  • Massage into cuticles (finger & toenails)
  • As a make up remover, apply a small amount to cotton wool or directly on your face. Massage into skin and wipe off. Repeat until all make up is off, then wipe off excess oil with warm water and a towel. Moisturise.
If you’d like me to post more DIY recipes here, let me know in the comments section :)

Braids and Food

What a clever title, right? I’ve had my braids hang into my food and that wasn’t nice :/
I just couldn’t think of an interesting title so this is going to have to do!

Anyway….. This is just a quick update on my hair (which is now in braids, as seen below) and food, I’m sure you had no idea!! :p

I got my braids done on Monday and after an early start (the lady rang my doorbell at 6am!), enduring a numb backside and trying to stay awake, she was done before 2pm :)

If you’re wondering how I take care of my hair while it’s in braids, watch the video below. Which reminds me, I need to make another bottle of my braid spray:

As usual, I’ll keep the braids in for no more than 3 months.

I’m so happy it’s Friday because I get done with work early so I get to relax and cook :) I bought some lambs’ livers on Thursday night with the intention of making okra soup today. Well, I got home today and realised I forgot to get some!
There was no way I was going back out in the freezing cold for nonsense okra!
So I had to improvise and just pan fried the livers with red onions (seasoned with salt, paprika and mixed herbs) for about 10-12 minutes and added some spinach to cook with it for a few more minutes.
It doesn’t look great but it tasted very good (I cooked it so of course it did!) and has many nutritional benefits :)

LUNCH

And then my dinner was YUMMY :) I recently purchased a slow cooker and I have tried out three meals in it so far. I think I got it a week and a half ago!

This was a simple stew: venison sausages, sweet potatoes (the Jamaican ones here, very similar to the ones in Nigeria), red onions and chopped tomatoes. I pan fried the sausages and onions for a couple of minutes before adding to the slow cooker and left everything to cook for a few hours.
And I finally bought courgettes (zucchinis) for the first time ever! Thanks to some tips from Ceri (of Cucina Ceri), I didn’t add it to the stew, I sliced into large chunks, season with chilli, drizzled some olive oil on it and put it in the oven for 20 minutes.

The clean plate in the picture shows exactly how I felt about it ;)

So that’s my Friday update done, I’m just finishing up some documents to send out for the Get Trimmer challenge now and then BED :) #TGIF

You can still sign up for the challenge by clicking on the image below:

FYI: In Naira, it’s N5,000 if you prefer to do that. Just send me an email asking for a/c details. Once the Early Bird offer runs out, it will go up to £26.99 or N6,750. This will be available until Friday 1st February, when registration will be officially closed.

Dry Hair Remedy with Argan & Almond Oils

I neglected my hair ALL week. I got back from my Christmas break on Tuesday and after a 2 hour nap, went straight back to work!

I left my hair in a bun all week and only moisturised the exposed parts of my hair and my edges, of course!

So, it was no surprise that when I took it down from the bun, my hair felt like straw. Unfortunately, I had almost run out of my favourite conditioner (Organic Roots Salon Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner) so I had to make an impromptu concoction of ORS, Nexxus Humectress and I had no Olive Oil (which is my go-to conditioning oil), so I used Argan Oil and Almond Oil.
I’m actually working on a homemade conditioner mix but haven’t gone back to it in a while… soon :)

Argan Oil is a great oil for the skin and hair (I use it for both). It’s rich in vitamin E.
It contains high levels of essential fatty acids that help moisturise the hair and give it a natural shine. It also strengthens the hair and helps prevent (note I didn’t say fix or seal!) split ends. Finally, it’s a great remedy for dry scalp conditions including dandruff and resulting itching. What’s not to like? I added a tablespoon of Argan oil to the mix.

Almond Oil is another good oil for hair AND skin. It helps retain moisture and restore shine to hair. I added this to the mix to help seal in the moisture from my conditioners. Like Argan oil, it’s rich in vitamin E and also Vitamin D which nourish the hair by smoothening and strengthening. I added a very generous amount of almond oil as it’s a carrier oil and is cheaper (very important, haha!)

I also use both oils in hot oil treatments or pre-poo (pre shampoo application a few hours before washing the hair.)

  • I applied this generously to my hair and covered with a shower cap. 
  • I went about my Sunday duties for a few hours (read: I went back to being lazy) and conditioner-washed my hair later. 
  • Applied my leave in conditioner, detangled and put my hair in 8 braids to dry overnight.
  • Today, I took each braid down, moisturised (with my shea butter cream) and re-braided to help stretch out my hair even more (that explains why my hair can lay so flat, it could be mistaken for relaxed from afar).

Today, my hair feels very soft and moisturised. It’s currently in boring braids to help stretch it out so it’s not worth taking a picture. I’ll take one tomorrow and will try to remember to post here.

Homemade Moisturising Spritz

Yep, yet another YouTube video. I’m finding it much easier to talk than write at the moment, I’m guessing it’s just a phase. It’s actually been a fun experience recording and editing videos :)

I’ve had an interesting week, not that you asked ;) The most important thing I’m taking away from this week is: To Set Myself Weekly (or Bi-Weekly) Goals. Any goal that will better my life :)

All my classes went really well this week and after my Friday lunchtime spin class, my weekend started early as always :)

Anyway, on to the reason for this post, I’ve been using this moisturising spritz for YEARS. I love it.

Ingredients: (cheapie) Conditioner, Oil, Glycerin and Water. 
Prep Time: 5 mins (MAX)
Great For: Braids, Twists, any kind of extensions. Natural hair in twists or any style where you’re not worried about reversion or shrinkage and relaxed hair in a wet style (eg wet bun to air dry).

Watch… and SUBSCRIBE ;)

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